Far Hills, N.J. – Stanford S. “Stan” Grossman, of St. Louis, Mo., a fixture at state and regional golf events and USGA national championships for nearly 30 years, has been named the recipient of the United States Golf Association’s Joe Dey Award for 2012.
“I had no idea it was coming,” said Grossman, 79. “A bunch of friends of mine have already won it and it is an honor to be included in that particular group. There was no way I was ever going to make it as a player but now at least my name will be at Golf House forever.
“When I got the call I was on the golf course and the wind was blowing so I wasn’t sure what was happening,” added Grossman. “I was flabbergasted but I hung up the phone and made a 20-foot putt for par and didn’t make another par the whole day.”
Grossman will receive the award at the USGA’s Annual Meeting on Feb. 4 in Houston. The Joe Dey Award, which has been given since 1996, recognizes an individual’s meritorious service to the game as a volunteer. The award is named for Joseph C. Dey Jr., who served as the USGA’s executive director for 35 years, from 1934 to 1969, before becoming the first commissioner of the PGA Tour.
“Stan is so deserving of this award,” said former USGA President Trey Holland, who led the Association in 2000 and 2001. “He cares so much about the game and the people we’re serving. To be able to do it year in and year out for so long says quite a lot about him.”
Grossman has been involved with the USGA since 1982, when he was appointed to the U.S. Junior Amateur Committee. He was a member of the executive committee for the 2007 U.S. Junior Amateur Championship at Boone Valley Golf Club in Augusta, Mo. In 2007, he received the USGA’s Ike Grainger Award for 25 years of service to the USGA.
“Stan has been an outstanding member of the U.S. Junior Amateur Committee,” said Reed Mackenzie, the president of the USGA in 2002 and 2003, who served with Grossman during his most active years at the USGA. “He has supported and promoted the activities of the committee, participating as an official and as a mentor to the young men participating in the championship. Stan has always personified the Association’s mission of promoting and conserving the best interests of the game, particularly among young golfers.”
A veteran Rules official, Grossman worked at both the U.S. Open and the U.S. Senior Open from 1996 to 2007. As a member of the Metropolitan Amateur Golf Association (MAGA) in St. Louis since its inception in 1992, Grossman has conducted numerous qualifying events for that association and for USGA championships.
Grossman has served as the president of the MAGA since 1998. He has also been a board member, has served on its Rules Committee since 1992 and received its Meritorious Service Award in 2007.
In addition to local and USGA events, Grossman was a member of the NCAA Division II Men’s National Championship Rules Committee from 2001-2007. He is also a founding member of Forest Hills Country Club in Chesterfield, Mo., which opened in 1964, and he served as the club’s St. Louis District Golf Association representative from 1965-1995.